December 24, 2023 – From the Pastor Dear Parishioners of Our Lady of Mercy, Merry Christmas! I know that today is the Fourth Sunday of Advent, but tomorrow is Christmas Day, so I thought it right to wish you all a Merry Christmas. May you have a happy and blessed Christmas. This is the day for which we have been preparing during the past weeks. We have been longing for this day to arrive so we can celebrate with our families and with our parish family, the birth of our Savior, Jesus Christ. He came into this world, through the Blessed Virgin Mary, to save us from the power of sin and death. He became one of us, he is Emmanuel, God with us! He is worthy to be praised and given thanks for all eternity. Hallelujah! Brothers and sisters, let us give our best in gratitude to Our Lord Jesus Christ for this blessed day. The best way to do that is by giving him our hearts and by the way we live our lives as Jesus’ brothers and sisters in virtue of our baptism. Christmas is a happy time of generosity and giving. It is the day when we give gifts to people we love and care about. It is a joyful celebration as we gather with family and loved ones. This is the spirit that God wants us to live out every day and not just during Christmas time. Let living with generosity and love be our resolution today and every day. Please be mindful of our schedule of Christmas Masses. There will be Masses at 5 pm and 10 pm later today, Sunday, for Christmas Eve. Tomorrow, Monday, Christmas Day, Masses will be at 8 am, 10 am and 12 noon. Also, please don’t forget your suggested Christmas gift to the parish of $200 per family or household. May your life be filled with the blessings and grace that you need from God. May you continue to serve Him with all your mind, soul, body, and strength. And may you never stop praying for one another and for the whole world. Our troubled world badly needs peace and justice! From our home to yours, Merry Christmas! Love, Father Marty (Previous Week) 2024 Mass Intentions Our 2024 Mass Book opens for your Mass intentions starting tomorrow, Monday, November 27. Masses may be scheduled on weekdays during regular office hours, 8 am to 3 pm, and on Saturdays and Sundays, between 9 am to 1 pm. Please note that during the first month the Mass Book is open, we request that parishioners book no more than 5 Masses. In addition to Mass intentions, you may also make donations for the sanctuary lamp and for the bread and wine used at our Masses. The suggested offering for weekday Masses is $15, and the suggested offering for Sunday Masses is $25. The suggested offering for the sanctuary lamp that burn by the tabernacle, or the bread, or the wine to be used at our Masses is $25. 2024 Bible Diary Now on Sale at OLM The new edition of the popular Bible Diary is now on sale at the Parish Office after Mass or during regular office hours. Cost per copy is $15. The 2024 Bible Diary contains the assigned scripture reading for each day of the year, a reflection on the reading, and also information about the saint of the day. Many members of OLM have found the Bible Diary to be a great help for their personal daily prayer and for preparation for Daily and Sunday Mass. The Bible Diary makes a perfect Christmas gift.